0logo Internasionale KrieketraadWat is verkeerd met die ICC toets posisie stelsel?

Any­one that fol­lows test crick­et will know that all the sides are ranked, byvoorbeeld, at the time of writ­ing South Africa are (tereg) ranked the best side in the world. I’ve long felt that the sys­tem used to rank teams needs revis­ing, as it often seems to pro­duce rank­ings that are clearly at odds with how well teams have been play­ing. Let me use the cur­rent rank­ings as an example.

As of 11ste-April-2013
6Sri Lanka92
8New Zea­l­and83

so, Soos ek gesê het, South Africa are rightly ranked world num­ber 1, and Eng­land are ranked 2, what have I got to com­plain about?

India have just beaten Aus­tralia, and as a res­ult, have over­taken them in the rank­ings. How­ever, before that Aus­tralia were ranked #3. At that time Aus­tralia were play­ing South Africa in Aus­tralia. Now, just for the sake of argu­ment lets just ima­gine that South Africa had been weakened by injury, or that they’d out­played Aus­tralia in 2 tests which ended in draws due to weath­er (it did­n’t hap­pen like that, maar dit kan hê), and that Aus­tralia some­how man­aged to win just 1 toets, maybe due to win­ning the toss in favour­able con­di­tions which then deteri­or­ated. Aus­tralia would have won the series, without neces­sar­ily being the bet­ter side. These things can and do hap­pen, it’s part of what makes test crick­et what it is. So what’s the prob­lemThe cur­rent rank­ing sys­tem would have returned Aus­tralia to the top spotNow I can con­fid­ently assert that in my opin­ion Aus­tralia aren’t close to being world num­ber 1, and their res­ults (and sub­sequent drop in the rank­ings) since I star­ted draft­ing this art­icle would sup­port me. But lets look at the evid­ence for the asser­tion before Aus­tralia lost the final test to South Africa, and were white­washed by India.

Aus­trali­a’s pre­vi­ous 6 series res­ults were won 2 (teen Wes-Indië en Indië, sowel by die huis), Drew 2 (New Zea­l­and at home and South Africa away) en verloor 2 (at home to Eng­land, en weg na Indië).  Only 2 of these res­ults stand out — beat­ing India com­fort­ably (hoewel Indië glad nie goed reis) and a very cred­it­able 1–1 away draw in South Africa. How­ever, they also got thrashed at home by Eng­land, and failed to beat New Zea­l­and at home too. This kind of form does­n’t look like world #1 aan my, but to emphas­ise the point, Kom ons kyk na 2 oth­er sides over the same peri­od (I’ll exclude Eng­land to avoid any implic­a­tion that I’m biased)

Pakistan: won4, Drew 1 (klop Sri Lanka, Bangladesj, Eng­land and New Zea­l­and, gelykop teen Suid-Afrika)

Suid-Afrika: Wen 3, Drew 3 (klop Sri Lanka, Eng­land, New Zea­l­and, gelykop gespeel teen Indië, Pakistan, Aus­tralia)

sekerlik, based on these res­ults, both Pakistan and South Africa could right­fully claim to have played bet­ter than Aus­tralia in recent seriesPakistan could doubly claim so, as they have had the dis­ad­vant­age of being unable to play series at home. Ima­gine where India would be in the rank­ings if they nev­er got to play in India!  (In hul laaste 5 reeks weg van die huis Indië het net gewen 1 reeks, over­all win­ning 3 tests and los­ing 10, where­as in the last 5 years they’ve only lost 1 reeks by die huis)

so, terwyl ek nog nie uitgewerk n nuwe algoritme aan te bied aan die ICC, I can at least offer you my own views of a more appro­pri­ate rank­ing table for the test teams as of 11-April-2013. I would also sug­gest that these rank­ings have been appro­pri­ate for almost a year, since South Africa beat Eng­land to leapfrog them to the top. I’d expect New Zea­l­and to edge up if they con­tin­ue their recent form. I also expect Aus­tralia to slide fur­ther fol­low­ing heavy defeats to Eng­land in the next year (fin­gers crossed).

6Sri Lanka
8New Zea­l­and

For more read­ing, I recom­mend the Wiki­pe­dia art­icle on the ICC Test Champ­tion­ship, which explains how the rank­ings are cal­cu­lated.

so, dit is wat ek dink, stem jy saam?

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